Isn’t a real explosive athlete off the edge in pass protection, struggles to really sit into his stance and initially can get a bit overextended on his kick-slide. However, he’s a pretty coordinated pass blocker who has good body control in his lower half when trying to reach the corner. Needs to do a better job keeping his hands up and protecting his frame, but is a long-armed guy who can stick on blocks through the play when engaged. Now, isn’t real explosive when asked to redirect back inside, takes him a second to regain his balance and slide his feet, but for such a long lineman he has some decent change of directions skills in space.
Impression: Is a big, long athlete with some natural balance and footwork for a guy his size. But, isn’t a great athlete, plays a bit high and doesn’t exhibit much explosion off the snap in the run game. Doesn’t seem athletic enough to play LT in the NFL or physical enough to win on the right side. More of a versatile backup type who can fill voids at both spots, but I wouldn’t want him starting for me every week."
Negatives: Somewhat high hipped and stiff, and tends to play high. Not athletic enough to hold up in the NFL off the edge in pass protection, which will require a move inside. Poor lateral agility. Knee bend is inconsistent; tends to lean. Lacks good balance and will end up on the ground too often. Can whiff in pass protection against quickness, especially double moves.
Positive: Productive and durable college lineman who lacks great upside for the next level. Intelligent, gets the most from his ability, and is a solid position blocker who seals defenders from the action. Attacks assignments, gets his hands into opponents and keeps his feet moving. Solid run blocker who turns opponents from the action. Stays square and keeps opponents in front of him.
Negative: Lumbers around the field and isn E(TM)t fluid in motion. Struggles to bend his knees or flex. Only effective in a small area.
Analysis: Ziemba is a big prospect who's done incredibly well on the college level yet lacks great physical skills and athleticism for the NFL. He could be a very important backup for a team, filling several roles on the offensive line."
Negatives: Kick-slide need work, he bounces a little, overextends to reach the corner... Lateral movement looks a little awkward and somewhat choppy... Not especially quick, can be beat by speed... Needs to add 10-15 lbs. of muscle without impacting his already barely marginal quickness... Seldom the first man off the ball... Not very explosive, lacks any real suddenness to his game... Gets a little too upright... Can be walked back if he doesn't maintain good pad level... Lacks good flexibility, can be slow getting in front of countermoves or fitting on moving targets... Runs too upright, doesn't breakdown especially well... More of a chipper in space than an actual blocker... Doesn't chop block very well... Sees a lot of red flags... Not a Left Tackle at the next level and might even have to move to Guard."
Weaknesses: Inconsistent in a lot of different areas. Plays with inconsistent leverage. Waist bender at times, which allows defenders to slip off blocks. Struggles to re-direct on inside and counter moves. Not as productive on key downs.
Projection: Fourth rounder. Ziemba should be able to compete for a starting spot at right tackle immediately, and possibly be an adequate starter eventually."
A mammoth lineman, Ziemba stands in at 6'8'' and 308 pounds. He is also relatively nimble for his size, running between 5.1 and 5.2 in the 40-yard-dash. He is a better run-blocker than pass-blocker at the moment, but he can excel in both areas. For now, the Tigers have been reaping the benefits of his run-blocking skills. Through nine games of the 2009 season, all three of Auburn's top running backs were averaging well over five yards per carry. Ben Tate had 1067 yards on 193 rushes, while Onterio McCalebb had racked up 464 rushing yards on just 83 attempts. He also needs to improve at firing off the ball and staying low. He has to become more effective at pass protection if he wants to be a left tackle in the NFL."
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